Today’s blog article is about a topic that’s a little deeper than we usually explore. We’ve provided plenty of advice for selecting a good roofing contractor, which you can find on our blog. But usually, we’re discussing it as more of a hypothetical. If you needed a roofer, here’s how you would go about it…
But today’s article is more of a graduate course in roofing. Because this is the stage after you’ve selected some potential contractors and met with a handful of them. Now is where the real decision-making comes into play – how do you pick the right proposal?
Allow us to offer some guidance.
- Cheapest is Rarely Best
This is true of almost everything you purchase or pay for, and is usually true here. When evaluating proposals, price should be fairly low on the list of priorities. You shouldn’t automatically choose the most expensive quote, either, but all of these prices should be within the same ballpark. If you receive a cut-rate offer, it’s probably too good to be true.
- Ask About a Warranty
Let me caution you, many roofers will try to tell you that a warranty or guarantee isn’t necessary, because the shingles themselves come with a warranty. While that’s true, that warranty isn’t the one you need to worry about – shingles are usually one of the cheaper parts of a roofing project. What you really want guaranteed is the labor. What happens if there’s a problem that’s the result of improper installation? Are you protected against that? Who is going to pay to fix it? All good questions to cover with the contractor.
- The More Detailed the Proposal, the Better
A good way to evaluate a roofer is to look at the details of the proposal. Have they carefully covered all the bases? There should be a detailed explanation of the charges, including the scope of the work to be done, the roofing materials being used, approximate start and end dates, payment procedures and the length of any included warranties. Not every roofer is going to have all of these things listed, but the more detailed the better. That not only protects your investment, it also protects you from shelling out a bunch of money after the fact.